The Olympics beckon for marathon star and Bristol University graduate Claire23 April 2012A former student at the University of Bristol has won selection for the Olympic Games thanks to an impressive performance in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon. Claire Hallissey powered home in a personal best time of 2hr 27min 44sec, making her the first British woman to cross the finish line and secure her place on Team GB.
Children of the 90s celebrates 21 years media coverage23 April 2012A conference to discuss the remarkable scientific discoveries the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol has made since it started in 1991 was covered by BBC Points West, BBC online news and ITV the West Tonight.
SUMO shows subtlety to control brain function23 April 2012A key protein, which may be activated to protect nerve cells from damage during heart failure or epileptic seizure, has been found to regulate the transfer of information between nerve cells in the brain. The discovery, made by neuroscientists at the University of Bristol and published in Nature Neuroscience and PNAS, could lead to novel new therapies for stroke and epilepsy.
Alan Webber, 1950 to 201220 April 2012Alan Webber, a handyman in Maintenance Services, died on 15 April, 2012 aged 62. His colleague John Black offers this tribute.
Diary of an ‘irregular’ sheds light on Wilson government20 April 2012A diary which provides a unique insight into the Wilson government is published this month. Inside the Department of Economic Affairs: Samuel Brittan, the Diary of an 'Irregular', 1964-6 , is edited by Professor Roger Middleton in the Department of History.
Bristol’s big question – should the city have an elected mayor?20 April 2012The fate of Bristol is in the hands of voters on 3 May as they decide whether the city should be governed by an elected mayor. But what are the issues and why is this referendum so important? Three debates involving experts from the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol aim to help the public decide.
New Fellows of The Royal Society20 April 2012Four University of Bristol academics have achieved the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the world's most eminent and oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, The Royal Society.
Probing the ethics of Holocaust culture20 April 2012Dr Tim Cole's interdisciplinary collaborative work on Holocaust Geographies has been chosen as one of a handful of recent representations of the Holocaust to be analyzed at a workshop at UCLA this weekend (21-23 April).
Crave at the Wickham Theatre20 April 2012A rare revival of Sarah Kane’s modern classic Crave comes to the Wickham Theatre at the University of Bristol next week. Kane was a graduate of the University’s Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television.
Sculptures at home in the Botanic Garden18 April 2012Sculptures stole the show at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden’s Easter weekend. Visitors were captivated by shimmering damselfly sculptures in the water lily and tropical ponds and entertained by life-sized fabric figures reclining in the wildflower meadow.
Introduction to self-defence for women18 April 2012Female members of staff and students are invited to attend a free introductory self-defence training session on Tuesday 1 May as part of Sweaty Betty’s Get Fit 4 Free programme.
PhD student wins presenting place at San Francisco conference18 April 2012Bristol University PhD student Emma Trantham has beaten off strong competition from scientists around the world to win a presenting slot at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) – one of the oldest and largest organisations of its kind.
Children of the 90s celebrates 21 years18 April 2012Hundreds of people will gather in Bristol today [Wednesday 18 April] for a conference to discuss the remarkable scientific discoveries the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol has made since it started in 1991.
Can social media detect the changes in public mood?17 April 2012New research by academics at the University of Bristol’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory has analysed the mood of Twitter users in the UK and detected various changes in the mood of the public.
Bristol researchers solve 70-year-old mystery16 April 2012Chemists and biologists from the University of Bristol have finally cracked one of the longest standing chemical mysteries. In a paper published today in PNAS, the team demonstrate exactly how an unusual class of compounds known as tropolones are synthesised in fungi.
Electrical engineers develop LED ‘Magic Wands’16 April 2012Engineers from the University of Bristol have developed illuminating ‘magic wands’ that work by picking up radio signals from mobile devices. The wands, to be showcased on BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory programme [16 April], visualise how radio waves bounce around a city.
Feature film born and bred at the University of Bristol13 April 2012Two Bristol University undergraduates are hoping to hit the big time with an ambitious feature film project which they’ve launched with the backing of industry professionals. Drama students Misha Vertkin and Jennifer O’Leary have established their own production company called Third Eye Productions and, with a host of awards already under their belt, are embarking on a mission to find 100 cast and crew members to make their latest film a reality.
Brave twins complete 570km cycle challenge to raise over £16,00013 April 2012Twin brothers, who dramatically lost their sight to a rare genetic condition, have not only conquered a 570km cycle challenge but also overcome the added obstacles of freezing conditions, driving rain, sickness and dehydration to raise over £16,000 for charity.
Water, water everywhere – but is it essential to life?13 April 2012New research by scientists at the University of Bristol has challenged one of the key beliefs in chemistry: that proteins are dependent on water to survive and function. The team’s findings, published in Chemical Science, could eventually lead to the development of new industrial enzymes.
Last chance for Penguin Parade13 April 2012The coming week is the last chance to visit the Penguin Parade exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy (RWA). The popular exhibition celebrates the University Library Penguin Archive. Entry is free for children and University of Bristol staff.
Teenagers enjoy weekend away with UBU volunteers12 April 2012Eleven teenagers with learning disabilities have been treated to a weekend of fun and adventure in Monmouthshire, thanks to the efforts of eight volunteers from the University of Bristol Students’ Union (UBU) Volunteering’s Pitstop project.
International students awarded scholarships for 2011-1212 April 2012On 28 March, many of the 30 students who were successful in winning a 2011-12 International Scholarship attended a winners’ awards ceremony, hosted by the International Office at Royal Fort House. The winners were congratulated by the Director of Communications and Marketing, David Alder, who awarded the certificates.
Archaeologists rewrite history of the Trefael Stone12 April 2012The Trefael Stone, a scheduled ancient monument in south-west Wales originally thought to be an ancient standing stone is actually the capstone of a 5,500-year-old tomb, according to new research from an archaeologist at the University of Bristol.
Media coverage for research into vomiting caterpillars11 April 2012Research which found that a type of caterpillar which defends itself by regurgitating on its predators is less likely to do so when in groups than alone, was covered in the 'Weird & Wild' section of National Geographic.
Renowned journalist Jeremy Vine to share wisdom at Students’ Union11 April 2012Top radio presenter and journalist Jeremy Vine will give a unique insight into his celebrated career when he appears at the University of Bristol’s Students’ Union on Tuesday, 24 April. The event has been organised by Radio Academy South West Branch and is being held at the home of the University’s student radio station, Burst Radio.
£246,000 for research into colour in the 1920s11 April 2012Professor Sarah Street in the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film Television, has secured a three year Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant worth £246,243 for her project ‘Colour in the 1920s: Cinema and its Intermedial Contexts’.
Scientists turn the spotlight on Bristol’s insect life this spring11 April 2012More than 100 parks, gardens, allotments, cemeteries and other natural and man-made habitats across Bristol will be studied by scientists from the University of Bristol this spring as part of the next phase of a three year, £1.3 million research project examining how bees, flies and other pollinating insects are affected by urbanization.